“Art is not a mirror held up to reality, but a hammer with which to shape it.”
“Art at its most significant is a distant early warning system that…[can]…tell the old culture what is beginning to happen.”
© Pablo Picasso, Guernica, 1937
“Art-making has an alchemical effect on the imagination. It awakens the senses and sharpens insights…[enabling one]…to think in symbols, metaphors, and to de-code complexity…[and]… perceive the world in new ways.”
© Tyeb Mehta, Mahishasura, 1994
The creative desire and the artisans’ power of expression is pandemic across the globe. Possessing varying influences and interpretations that have regard of ethnological and geographical factors as well as societal development of different “civilization’s” cultures and ethnicities. Such influences can be both transformative and manipulative; possessed with political, historical, mythological, archaic, academic or abstract intent.
“The ability to simplify means to eliminate the unnecessary so that the necessary may speak.”
© Yi Jaegwan, Portrait of Kang Io, (Joseon Dynasty, Date Unstated)
“The nature of … [art]…is to persuade, to convince, to enter into us through our pores.”
© Jean-Michel Basquiat, Untitled, 1981
“To create one’s own world in any of the arts takes courage.”
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